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Hanif Abdurraqib

Reflections on Basketball, Life, and Home

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Wednesday, April 24
7:30 pm PDT
$5 – $25 Sliding Scale
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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Book cover: A child with dark skin and a grey hoodie sits on top of a basketball hoop. The background is clear blue sky. Title text says in lower right corner, "There's Always This Year, On Basketball and Ascension."
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There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension

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Hanif Abdurraqib (with dark skin, short coily hair, beard, and orange sweatshirt) leans against a wall of old posters.
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Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1990s, Hanif Abdurraqib witnessed a golden era of basketball, one in which legends like LeBron James were forged and countless others weren’t.

In his new book, There’s Always This Year, Abdurraqib tells his story of a lifelong love of the game with a lyrical, historical, and emotionally rich exploration of who we think deserves success, the tension between excellence and expectation, and the very notion of role models, woven together with intimate, personal storytelling.

“Here is where I would like to tell you about the form on my father’s jump shot,” Abdurraqib writes. “The truth, though, is that I saw my father shoot a basketball only one time.”

No matter the subject — whether it’s basketball, music, or performance — Hanif Abdurraqib sends out a clarion call to radically reimagine how we think about our culture, our country, and ourselves.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant. His most recent book, A Little Devil in America, was the winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Gordon Burns Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was named one of the books of the year by NPR, Esquire, BuzzFeed, O: The Oprah Magazine, Pitchfork, and Chicago Tribune, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize finalist and was longlisted for the National Book Award. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School. 

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

For this month’s Tandem Book Club, we’ll be pairing How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones with Hanif Abdurraqib’s event – read up ahead of time and join us in the Forum Library for some thoughtful conversation before the main event.

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